10 modern covers that renew the spirit of classic-rock songs
Even though these songs came out before some of us were born, these artists bring them into the modern era.April 28, 2021
Even though we’re always on the hunt for new releases, covers of old songs from our favorite artists are always gifts welcomed with open arms.
There’s something about a cover song that is always exciting, especially when other musicians are the ones showing their karaoke skills. It’s cool to see the artist put their signature spin on a song that so many people know the words to. And it gives us a glimpse at our favorite artists’ favorite artists, which is always fun.
To prove it to you, we decided to find 10 modern covers of decades-old songs that feel like a total rebirth. You can check those out below.
Miley Cyrus – “Black Dog” (Led Zeppelin)
It’d be unfair to not start this list off with the queen of covers, Miley Cyrus. She’s covered artists across the board, but this bombastic performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Black Dog” shows her rock star power. Her voice hits all of those long-winded notes with ease, proving that she can make any song she wants something all her own.
YUNGBLUD – “Wild Horses” (The Rolling Stones)
YUNGBLUD‘s voice is truly one of a kind—it exudes attitude and edginess. He’s taken on pop hits, hip-hop tunes and classic-rock songs, such as this cover of “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones. And he performs the whole thing on his bathroom counter, which is even more of an impressive feat.
Halsey – “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)
Halsey is another artist who has a highly recognizable, dreamy voice that makes every cover sound like her own song. We’ve seen her take on modern hits by Juice WRLD, Justin Bieber and more. But this performance of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac alongside country artist Kelsea Ballerini is a sultry take on the classic track.
Brendon Urie – “Luck Be A Lady” and “Fly Me To The Moon” (Frank Sinatra)
Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie is a performer through and through, no matter what he’s singing. And the perfect example is his Frank Sinatra mashup at the 2014 APMAs. He covered “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Luck Be A Lady,” accompanied by an orchestra, bringing the swing classics to the modern-day.
Weezer – “Happy Together” (The Turtles)
Weezer discovered their untapped talent for covers a few years back after they broke the internet with a rendition of “Africa” by Toto. It led to them creating an entire album of covers, including this throwback. Weezer‘s rendition of “Happy Together” by the Turtles gave a rock edge to an old-school pop hit.
twenty one pilots – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Elvis Presley)
We’ve heard twenty one pilots cover 2000s jams by artists such as Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled and more, but they also aren’t afraid to take it back even further. Tyler Joseph made an amazing cover of Elvis Presley‘s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” using just his voice and a ukulele. He starts the song alone in a car, only to end up onstage in front of a huge crowd singing along, which is definitely a goosebumps moment.
Patrick Stump – “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins)
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy has always had a powerful and dynamic voice meant for winning karaoke contests. So this cover of Phil Collins‘ iconic track “In The Air Tonight” is a bluesy, rock-twinged rendition that we didn’t know we needed.
Cayetana – “Age Of Consent” (New Order)
New Order‘s new-wave classic “Age Of Consent” gets an alt makeover from Cayetana. The original is a teenage anthem, so the band bring it to the modern age by incorporating elements of indie rock, alternative and pop.
The Killers – “Fame” (David Bowie)
Nearly every alternative artist is inspired and in awe of David Bowie‘s legacy, which has led to more than a few covers of his songs. This rendition of “Fame” by the Killers is an homage to the funky original that makes you want to groove, but its guitar-heavy edge makes it a little more rock ‘n’ roll.
J.Fla – “Love Of My Life” (Queen)
J.Fla is the K-pop cover queen of YouTube, so it’s only fitting that she takes on a Queen song or two. Her rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is not to be missed, but she truly shines on her “Love Of My Life” cover. Her vocals are strong but airy, bringing a feminine and dream-like quality to the ballad.
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